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What Happens To You


The Alarm Phase of Stress

When you see a threat, your nervous system automatically releases stress hormones like cortisol, norepinephrine and adrenaline. How clever is the body – it knows we have to sprint away from the crocodile, and those chemicals tell the body to do that, and how, and right now.

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The Relaxation Phase of Stress

When the danger or fright passes, the relaxation phase of stress comes into play, allowing slow down, recovery and healing of the body. This may only need a few minutes, and it happened with ease in the days when people led simpler lives. In this phase the body releases happy hormones, oxytocins, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, which make us feel good.

However, when you have a stressful life your Sympathetic Nervous System stays switched on in the Alarm Phase too long, releasing those fright/flight hormones, putting you in constant tension, ready to react to a crisis – and small setbacks can feel like big crises when life is not so simple. Our lives now are so busy, so full, so demanding that stress is commonplace as a way of life. The demands on us are persistent and constant.

The more the body’s stress reaction is switched on, the easier it is to start it with little challenges, and the harder it is to turn off. Beyond a certain point unrelieved stress makes the body produce these chemicals long after the danger has gone because our minds and emotions tell us we are in some way still in trouble. We accumulate them as toxins and they tend to do tissue damage in many organs of the body, starting a downward spiral of our health.
What happens when we are seriously emotional?

Let me explain that: there are times in each of our lives that we are seriously emotional. We are frightened, like when Mum and Dad argue loudly, when we are picked on in the playground and we are sad to the point of desperation, when we are abused, when we are cornered, when we are frightened, when we fail, when we can’t escape some situation. If these situations are repeated, the stress goes deeper and it accumulates in layers, like the layers of an onion.

Now, our brain makes new pathways for these emotions and the thoughts and behaviours that go with them. Bottom line, to us is, we then believe that we are not good enough, and/or that we’re not worthy, and/or not loveable. Then we retreat, or we act out, or do other behaviours – dysfunctional thoughts and words, and imaginings – because of these beliefs. And they are just perceptions, they aren’t even truth. In truth, we are perfectly created to learn our lessons and move ahead, yes, human and flawed, but not bad or unlovable or unworthy. We are worthy, loveable and way good enough.

Effects of stress on Health

Now when similar situations even start to appear we react out of the old memories, old emotions and can easily create messes in our lives – based on our PAST, not the present! Without us knowing it, it happens automatically then. And these emotional stresses cause so many physical tension problems in our muscular system and in our organs as well. For example, we talk about our shoulder muscles are all knotted up, heartsick when people are sad, or ‘gutted’ when we are severely disappointed.

Just one cell can go through 100,000 chemical reactions each second, so if the chemicals are out of balance, how can these old reactions produce our best health and reverse the effects of stress? They can’t. There is no more powerful pharmacy in the world than the one that resides permanently in every human body – and it knows exactly what to do if we just give it its’ best chance.

You can break the downward stress spiral and reverse it by learning to manage stress and protect yourself. We offer you simple and effective tools to do this, starting with:



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Stress and Health

The commonest symptoms of stress include:

  • Headache
  • Tight muscles especially of the shoulders, back and neck regions
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Rapid breathing or you realise you have stopped breathing
  • Sweating (of the hands as well)
  • A churning stomach
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tapping of feet and/or hands
  • Wringing of hands, becoming fidgety, chewing of fingernails
  • Cloudy thinking and the mind is busy, busy.

43 % of adults have bad health effects from stress. This is not just some dry statistic, these figures mean to us that when we go outside, almost one person out of every two we meet are stressed to the point that their bodies are breaking down, bit by bit. This is an absolutely shocking health statistic that can be turned around, easily. It has been reported that between 75-90% of all medical doctor visits are for stress related problems. Huge!

Stress is endemic and growing fast. You can see from the statistics below how it is damaging business and personal lives.

The Australian Workplace Barometer… Australian National Mental Health Commission 2014

  • Working hours in Australia are the 5th highest globally
  • 4 million working Australians are in the upper 2 quartiles of emotional exhaustion
  • Australia is lagging behind at measuring and addressing psychosocial risk factors and working conditions
  • Work related stress represents a huge cost to health and productivity
  • Stress related illness predicted to be leading cause of global disease burden by 2020
  • Psychological claims represent largest proportion of compensation claims and is steadily increasing
  • Majority of $$$ lost are due to employees who report only mild symptoms

1 in 4 members of the Australian workforce have high levels of psychological distress.

Medibank Survey January 2019

In an Australian study on ROI in 2015 it was found that for every dollar spent on mental health in the workplace, will get a $4.20 return.


Stressed workers in Australia have higher rates of absenteeism and presenteeism (this is when a person’s body is at work, but their brains are not engaged, only working at less than 50% capacity)

AIG Absenteeism & Presenteeism Survey Report 2015

A US study found that the reduction in errors was 67% in police in lethal force situations through training the police in stress reduction techniques.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: October 2018

Alarmingly 90% of adult Australians feel stress in at least one important area of their lives and 40% feel very stressed about one part of their life…

Lifeline Australia, Stress Poll 2015

Australian employees in 2002 were absent an average of 3.2 working days each year through stress…
Labour Force Survey

Australian employees in 2008 were absent for an average of 3.2 working days each year through stress. This workplace stress costs the Australian economy approximately $14.2 billion…


That number in Australia increased to 9.3 working days in 2009…

Labour Force Survey

Workplace stress costs the Australian economy approximately $30 billion in 2012…

Labour Force Survey & Safe Work Australia Survey

80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. And 42% say their co-workers need such help

American Institute of Stress

Presenteeism costs Australia $25.7 billion annually…

World Health Organization

In Australia, the cost per absent day due to stress, per employee in 2009 was $354…

Money Magazine

A Tower-Watson study published in the US named stress as the #1 workforce risk factor above diabetes and obesity and lack of exercise.

Work & Stress Journal, November 2013

A US insurance industry study estimated their ROI for stress management was $3.30 for every dollar spent.

Aetna 2012

Dr Leslie Hammer discussed the connection between work-life conflict and stress. She made the excellent point that stress doesn’t always DIRECTLY cause health problems. It causes the unhealthy lifestyle choices that lead to health problems.

Portland State University

A Survey on absenteeism and presenteeism reported the direct cost to the Australian economy is $44 billion each year.

Australian Industry Group 2015

In 2012 biological factors and mental stress, have a higher unit cost than those associated with injuries (such as falls and trips)…

Safe Work Australia Survey

In 2012 mental stress cases comprise 4 per cent of the cases, they contribute 9 per cent of the total cost…

Safe Work Australia Survey

In 2010, work- related Injuries & Diseases cost New Zealand’s economy $3.5 billion… New Zealand Government

In a 2012 British study it was found that healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy employees.

The Lancet

An estimated 442,000 individuals in Britain, who worked in 2007/08 believed that they were experiencing work-related stress at a level that was making them ill

Labour Force Survey

Stressed and unhealthy employees take nine times more sick leave in Australia, than healthy employees…

Institute of Stress & Performance

Stress levels in the workplace are rising with 6 in 10 workers in major global economies experiencing increased workplace stress. With China (86%) having the highest rise in workplace stress…

The Regus Group

Total cost to employers in New Zealand for stress & lost work capabilities: $1500/Person/Year…

Southern Cross Care Society 2009

In 2012 one-third of employees say “burnout” was a reason for them to take sick leave. It topped the list of reasons to take a sick day…

Safe Work Australia Survey

Stanford University Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer completed an extensive meta data analysis and stated that workplace stress is the fifth leading cause of death in the US.

Dying for a Paycheck 2018

Job stress costs US employers more than $300 billion annually and may cause 120,000 excess deaths each year.

American Institute of Stress 2018

In China, one million people per year maybe dying from the stress of overwork.

Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer 2018

Absence Management Survey in Australia reported an average of 9.7 days per employee per annum were lost. Private Sector employees took on average 9.5 days, compared to 11.4 days in the Public Sector.

Direct Health Solutions 2017

A study by Baicker et al, on ROI found that a yield of $3.27 for every- one dollar spent on prevention.

Harvard 2010

Stress is a top health concern for U.S. teens between 9th and 12th grade, psychologists say that if they don’t learn healthy ways to manage that stress now, it could have serious long-term health implications

American Psychological Association

Depression is common, and economic struggles have added to our stress and anxiety. One in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication; among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure is one in four.

Journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, April 2013

Untreated stress costs Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims…

Australian National Mental Health Commission 2014

Australian Federally funded ROI Study concluded that every $1.00 spent on effective workplace mental health interventions (stress management) generates $2.30 in benefits to the organisation.

PricewaterhouseCoopers 2014

A mentally healthy workplace is valued by employees found that nearly half of Australian employees say a mentally healthy workplace is important when looking for a job…

Instinct and Reason 2014

69% of workers found having to deal with their daily intake of e-mail mildly or moderately stressful. Those who sought psychological help about workplace stress identified e-mails as part of that stress…

Australian Psychological Society Survey 2014

Unrelieved Stress

When the stress chemicals and hormones are continued, they can cause:

  • Tissue damage
  • Immune system breakdown
  • Heart problems and inflammation, so diseases can overrun the body’s defences.
  • Even the nervous system itself can become damaged, including the brain.

Autoimmune diseases are now in the top three diseases affecting people in the western world after heart disease and cancer.

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Physical effects of Stress

If the stresses are allowed to continue unchecked, mental stresses like memory loss, overwhelm, anxiety and depression are also common. And these things can happen:

  • Patience, memory and get-up-and–go desert us.
  • We can procrastinate, become critical and judgemental.
  • As our world tightens up, we can cry easily.
  • Frustration, anger, resentment and sadness are emotions triggered by our overworked stress response when our lives feel like they are not manageable and are out of our control.
  • Many people feel they can’t hold things together and it takes a huge effort to just get the daily chores done.
  • Being unable to cope with stress effectively can damage a person’s self confidence.
  • The downward spiral can lead to symptoms like insomnia, burnout and exhaustion.

The chance of having a mental disorder sometime in our lives is one in two, that’s 1 person in every 2, and often it is from untreated and chronic stress. These are dear people doing the best they can with their lives that we are talking about, and in this age with all the information available, this is tragic and unacceptable. Simple tools offer many resources for relief of these problems for you and for people you know – simple things for self-help to make life easier and more enjoyable.


Judy Hinwood guides you by video to a healthier relaxed state.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

stressed soldier

During the First World War soldiers witnessed the terrors of combat and some soldiers could not emotionally handle the massive stress and they lost all self-control and suffered from a nervous breakdown referred to as “shell-shock”. The beliefs and values of the time demanded that these soldiers suffered silently because everyone else thought them to be weak, gutless, and a coward. Some developed a dazed ‘thousand-yard stare’ and were ordered by their superior officers to ‘pull yourself together and be a man as you are acting like a frightened girl’.

Stress at this time was only seen as a weakness and something you just gritted you teeth on when you felt it. It was about hiding your stress, not seeking help to learn how to relieve it or develop skills and strategies to manage your stress in life.

Today we know it better as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Combat Stress Reaction (CSR) and its psychological harm to army personnel is well documented. It took decades to address this area of stress and even today a lot more could be done for Defence personnel to overcome this paralysing illness. Most of us are very fortunate that we have not had to have go through such extreme stress, but the way we handle our day-to-day stress is just as ineffective.

Characteristics of Stress – Alarm Bells Ringing?

Stress can creep up on us easily so that it can actually feel normal. Alarm bells need to ring in your mind and we suggest you take action steps if:

  • If you are emotional and can’t calm down quickly
  • If your energy goes down and you’ve been resting enough.
  • If you feel your life is out of control.
  • If you feel overwhelmed constantly.
  • If you are often cranky and irritable and you weren’t before.
  • If you aren’t as effective in work or home as you were in the past.
  • If your joy for life has drained away.
  • If you really need others to help you calm down
  • If you start to dread things in your life.
  • If you wake up tired often and don’t want to get up.
  • If it all seems too hard and too much.
  • If you start drinking or smoking or seeking anti stress medications or doing other behaviours that you know will harm you – but you still have to do it/them.
  • If you feel frustrated or lose your temper for no good reason.
  • If you are having trouble focussing and remembering.
  • If small things start to frazzle you.
  • If you expect bad things to happen often.
  • If you’re having trouble sleeping.
  • If you don’t feel well continually, or you are actually unwell.
  • If you don’t feel like socialising any longer, it make you anxious and sick in the tummy.
  • If your family and friends tell you that you need to take a break.
  • If you don’t know how to boost your energy back up from drained.

Please do take action to help yourself or get help if you are hearing alarm bells. You are so worthy of making a better life, taking one step at a time.

effects of stress

Continued stress is an indicator that something has to change


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